Erisa M. Preston, Psy.D.
I am a licensed psychologist, born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles. After attending local Catholic schools (St. Margaret Mary School and Mary Star of the Sea High School), I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. In my four years at UCLA, I was fortunate enough to be a student ally for LGBT students in support groups on campus, a peer counselor for the suicide risk hotline, a participant in an intensive sexual violence and abuse awareness training (SVAAT, 40+ specialized hours), and a chairperson for the Clothesline Project (a national awareness and healing campaign aimed at helping survivors of sexual trauma break their silence).
After graduating from UCLA, I pursued a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in 2005. During that time, I participated in a year-long practicum at the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, CA. Upon completion of my practicum, I worked to earn my Doctorate of Psychology in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on child, family, and individual. I completed two different internships during that time, including an internship with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (working with foster children and their families) in East Los Angeles, CA and an internship at Mount Saint Mary’s College (in the counseling and psychological services office) in Brentwood, CA. I researched and wrote my doctoral dissertation on post-abortion syndrome in men. I graduated from CSPP-AIU in May of 2007.
Throughout my education and training, I have worked in various additional mental health settings. I worked with Regional Center consumers and their families for over seven years, addressing developmental disabilities, mood disorders, family dynamics, academic problems, and behavioral concerns. I have also been aligned with two South Bay private practices working with chronic pain, pregnancy loss and infertility, sexual abuse, trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, academic underachievement, and other mental health concerns.
I consider myself privileged and blessed to work with individuals and families to help them improve their lives and futures.